Thursday, October 27, 2016

Window Frame Mold and Installation

We built a mold to make fiberglass window frames for Noel.  The frames are made with polyester resin and gel coat, and they are bonded to the boat with epoxy resin, and tabbed in around the outside.  We pulled a fairing fillet around them, with Awlgrip Awlfair and then primed with Awlquick and 545 until they were blended in with the rest of the primer on the boat. 

Summer Haul Out

We hauled Noel out and repainted the bottom, new zincs and cleaned the props.  While she was up we did a trial run of refastening a frame with bronze screws and came up with the technique required to do it.  She has a layer of 1/2 inch plywood over her planks, so the goal was to sink the head of the screw below the plywood layer, which required a countersink without a shoulder.  We grind a drag link socket to make a bit to fully fill the slots in the screws.

Friday, April 8, 2016

March 2016

The last few months have moved back to mechanical work.

We had a wet exhaust system welded, and mufflers brackets made to install the wet exhaust system. While the welder was here, we had him build 4 support columns for the engine rooms main deck beams.  The deck has a hatch built into it, and the support columns tie into their original mounting point. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

September 2015

After a lot of sanding and priming, we have Awlgrip topcoat on the bead board.  The majority of the wiring is in place for the 110v circuits, and we are getting the lighting laid out.
We'll be switching gears to outdoors work now that it has cooled off.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bead Board is going up...

It has been sanded, filled and ready for primer.

Monday, June 15, 2015

June 2015

This months work has involved furring the walls to a plumb straight line on port and starboard side of the upper cabin.  Noel's exterior is framed in a curve, and in order to make up that curve the framing of the walls tilts inward about a inch and a half along the height of her cabin.  We straightened the interior to provide a chase way for a pair of 16.5k btu air conditioners,  Between the two center windows, we have gained a 3 inch deep cavity that will allow us to run a split system in the upper cabin.  The fir plywood you see, will be getting a bead board wainscot up to the window edge, with a molded chair rail. The upper area above the windows will be boxed outward for chase ways and duct work.  By keeping the full size sheets across it made it much easier to transcribe the line from the sole upward.  That made sure the walls ended up both flat and plumb to both themselves and the new flat cabin sole. 

Editors note:  Cell phone camera lenses twist straight lines!   

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 2015

Making a little more progress...  The sole is now flat and level.  We'll be insulating, wiring and laying bead board for the next few weeks...